Blak Saagan to play Se Ci Fosse La Luce Sarebbe Bellissimo in full

In 1978, the Italian far-left terrorist organisation Brigate Rosse (‘Red Brigades’) kidnapped then-Prime Minister Aldo Moro, slaughtering five of his bodyguards and eventually Moro himself. The goal was to get Italy out of NATO, and it was an event that in no small part would define Italian political instability of the Cold War era.

Such is the thematic foundation of Se Ci Fosse La Luce Sarebbe Bellissimo (‘If There Were Light It Would Be Beautiful’), the evocative 2021 work of Samuele Gottardello, who under the guise of Blak Saagan transcends the garage rock style of long-ago outfit The Hormonas and the adventurous surf-punk of The John Woo in favour of synthesiser and noise-based expression, moments captured and soundtracked, given breadth and fluidity through avant musicianship as well as narrative progression.

Se Ci Fosse La Luce Sarebbe Bellissimo is Gottardello’s second full-length as Blak Saagan, following on from 2017’s A Personal Voyage, and it expands on the krautrock explorations and individualistic musings that album brought, richer in its intention and more confident in execution. Both out through Maple Death Records, these studio offerings from Blak Saagan caught our attention earlier this year and we hope you’ll join us in looking forward to Gottardello bringing Se Ci Fosse La Luce Sarebbe Bellissimo to life in its entirety on our stage.

Gottardello comments: “I’m honoured to play at Roadburn ‘22, excited to bring to the audience all the different Blak vibes of Se Ci Fosse La Luce Sarebbe Bellissimo, for the first time played in its entirety with a band. Thank you Roadburn for this opportunity, looking forward to being there.”

-JJ Koczan

Date: April 21

Time: TBA

Stage: TBA